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Beit Midrash: Yeshuot Malko: Who Was the Rambam? Print E-mail
Written by Machberes Avodas Hashem   

YahrtzeitsThe 25th of Tammuz is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Yisrael Eliyahu Yehoshua Trunk (1821-1893). Born in Plotsk, he received most of his teaching from his father, who was niftar when the boy was just 11. As a teenager, he spent 3 months with the Kotzker Rebbe, who’s direction he followed for the remainder of his life. When he was twenty, Rav Yisrael Eliyahu Yehoshua founded a yeshiva and served as rav in Shrensk for seven years. Later in Vorka, his fame as a posek grew. In 1860, he moved to Kutna, which lies near Gustenin and Zichlin. The first record of Jews in Kutna is a document from 1513, in which King Zigmund of Poland grants a year’s moratorium to the gentile debtors of three Kutna Jews - Moshe, Shlomo and Liebke. Rav Yisrael Eliyahu Yehoshua published several sefarim, including Yeshuas Yisrael, on Choshen Mishpat, Yeshuos Malko, and Yavin Daas.  His only son, Rav Moshe Pinchas, succeeded him as Rav in Kutno. The demise of the Kutna kehillah came when the Nazis finished liquidating its remaining Jews on March 26, 1942.


I named this Sefer, “Yeshuot Malko,” as it hints to the name, Yehoshua, and “Malko,” because the author focused on the Rambam, who, according to the Sefer HaGilgulim, shared a spark of the soul of Shmuel, of the Talmud, who, in turn, is described as being rooted in, “Aryoch, Melech Elassar,” and, is mentioned in the Talmud (Pesachim 54; see Rashi) as “Shevor Malka.”

The author approached his study of the Rambam as one would approach a king. He connected through the Rambam to Shmuel, and through Shmuel, all the way back to Bereishit. (From the Introduction)

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